Impromptu Speech Tips
Impromptu speaking can be mastered if you use some fundamental techniques:
First and foremost, take your time. If you go blank, (which usually happens in transitions)--use the five second stall. You could say something like, "I have often wondered about that," or "I am glad you asked that question." or "Did you ever wonder. . . .?"
Second, talk about something you know and care about. It can be anything or any type of speech as long as it meets the speech time and content requirements as discussed in class.
If you give yourself about five seconds you will always have something to say.
Remember to get our attention and introduce what you will talk about (introduction), talk about your topic (body), summarize what you talked about and leave us with a memorable close (conclusion). Connectives are a great way to keep your speech moving.
Take your time, be creative and have fun.
FUNdamentals of impromptu speaking:
1. State your viewpoint in the early stages and start strong.
2. Choose a specific illustration, experience or example.
3. Don't try to cover too much ground.
4. Absolutely never apologize.
5. Finish conclusively.
"It takes me three weeks to prepare an impromptu speech." --Mark Twain
First posted 10-10-2008